Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, Indian
Categories: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts is located in Indian. To visit Indian Valley Mine & Gifts and other attractions in Anchorage, use our Anchorage vacation builder.
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A great way to learn about gold, how panning is done. Arlene is a great host, teacher, and interesting too. Six of us enjoyed our visit.
Arlene and Roger were super hosts for my wife and me. We contacted them, even though it was off-season. They emailed us back right away and opened up their mine and gift shop just for us. The gold I p... read more »
My 8 year old son loved this place. He spent over 30 minutes panning for gold after a personal lesson from the really friendly owner. He also took us on a tour to see the old mine entrance, the newly ... read more »
This is a great stop on your Alaska visit, especially if you want to go prospect gold by yourself and need some hands on training. The place is historic and the site of an old gold miner's cabin. The view is breathtaking. We bought a few buckets of dirt and the owner walked us through the process of using the gold pans and explaining the differences between them. I had been doing it wrong on my previous panning attempts. We found the gold and small gems in the dirt and it was a lot of fun. It is more instructional than realistic because I am pretty sure everyone finds a couple specks of gold in their pans and that's how a tourist stop should be and a bargain at $10.00. Then we went inside to the gift shop and picked up several nice items to take home. The staff was amazing and even lent me a bucket so I had a complete set of prospecting gear for my adventures the next day. They also sell gold mining equipment so you can make your own memories along the streams elsewhere.
It was just a great stop! The staff was very friendly and available. We even get some gold.
The mom & poo owners were great. We learned a lot about gold panning. Would definitely come again.
We took friends from the lower 48 to learn to gold pan at Indian Valley. It was our first venture as well, so we expected a 30-minute, chintzy tourist trap. (that would have been bypassed altogether if not for one friend's fascination with all things "shiny":) What we found instead was Mr. Dave with 40+ years of experience, a knack for teaching and a great ornery streak. We easily spent 3.5 hours without even realizing it. MY husband and I shared a $25 bucket and that lasted almost an hour between the 2 of us. Our friends had the $50 and that lasted us all the rest of the time. While its certainly a "tourist stop", there is no shame, even as a resident. One more note, we're in our late 20s and had a great time. There were kids - 60+ enjoying themselves at the same time.
We live on the Kenai Peninsula and just recently made our fourth trip to Indian Valley Mine. We have taken relatives from Texas a couple of times and brought our young daughter back for her second trip. We really enjoy visiting with the owners and appreciate how family oriented they are. It's a beautiful area. You will love the relaxed, yet educational, experience. Please take the time to stop and check it out!
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